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Gum Disease

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What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is caused by bacteria that build up on the teeth and gums, leading to inflammation and infection.

There are two stages of gum disease:

  1. Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. At this stage, the damage to the gums is still reversible, and with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care, the gums can be restored to a healthy state.
  2. Periodontitis: If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease. In this stage, the infection spreads to the supporting structures of the teeth, causing bone and tissue loss. This can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums or longer-looking teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Preventing and treating gum disease is important for maintaining optimal oral health. This can be achieved through proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular dental check-ups and cleanings. In cases of advanced gum disease, more intensive treatments such as scaling and root planing, antibiotics, or surgery may be necessary.

Dr. Michael Plonski | Mr. Dentist Hurst

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What to expect during your visit at Mr. Dentist:

  1. Diagnosis: Dr. Plonski will examine your teeth and gums to determine if you have gum disease. He may measure the depth of the pockets around your teeth and take x-rays to determine the extent of any possible damage.
  2. Scaling and Root Planing: If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Plonski will recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and smoothing the roots of the teeth to encourage the gums to reattach.
  3. Antibiotics: In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to help control the infection and promote healing.
  4. Follow-Up Visits: Dr. Plonski will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and make sure that the gum disease is under control. In some cases, additional treatment may be necessary.
  5. Maintenance: Once your gum disease is under control, Dr. Plonski will recommend a maintenance program to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. This may involve regular cleanings and checkups, as well as changes to your brushing and flossing routine.
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